Dread. We’ve all felt it. It’s anxiety’s introverted cousin.
I feel it more often than I care to. Sometimes I can be paralyzed by dread, or I try to ignore it through distracting myself and keeping busy.
However, Scripture teaches Christ-followers to use the uneasiness of dread as a reminder to turn unwanted feelings into conscious prayers to their heavenly Father.
Jesus wants me to persist in knocking at his Father’s door with my every concern.
And I tell you, ask, and it will be given to you; seek, and you will find; knock, and it will be opened to you. For everyone who asks receives, and the one who seeks finds, and to the one who knocks it will be opened. Luke 11:9-10
God is a caring Father who delights to give me his best gift—his Spirit—to comfort, protect, and guide me. Life’s adventures can be scary. But I don’t have to navigate the rocky waters alone.
What father among you, if his son asks for a fish, will instead of a fish give him a serpent; or if he asks for an egg, will give him a scorpion? If you then, who are evil, know how to give good gifts to your children, how much more will the heavenly Father give the Holy Spirit to those who ask him! Luke 11:11-13
Earthly fathers often let us down no matter how hard they may try. But, God always gives the best gifts!
My prayer each day is to be this (a paraphrase of Matthew 6):
Heavenly Father, let your will be done in my life. I want your way. Convict me of sin, and fill me with love.
When my dread involves being in the presence of a particular person (who may be an agent of shame in my life), in faith I ask God to do what I can’t in that person’s life.
The Holy Spirit supports God’s children on the wings of faith and love, which give us the power and strength to do his will. He provides guidance to know the best way to show his love within us, even to those who are the most difficult to love.
Submitting to God releases the ugliness of dread within my spirit. It floats away like a cloud passing by as I soar above the tumultuous waves to new heights on the Spirit’s wings of faith and love.
And that’s a peaceful feeling!